Mumbai : After a week of protests, the resident doctors in the city have a reason to rejoice. The state government has fulfilled their demands by deploying around 400 Maharashtra State Security Corporations (MSSC) in 14 medical colleges across the state. These hospitals will be guarded by armed forces.

MSSC have been deployed at the King Edward Memorial (KEM), Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General (Sion), Nair and Cooper hospitals will monitor all the entry points and the sensitive areas in the hospitals. The government also assured that the forces will be deployed in two phases in 14 medical colleges across the state.

The KEM hospital, which has five entry points, has posted guards at all its entrance gates to ensure people enter only after getting a pass. Dr Avinash Supe, Dean, KEM said, “The security has been beefed up at all the civic hospitals. We are restricting the entry of those without pass or multiple relatives in sensitive wards. The colour coded passes for patients and relatives with a fixed validity have also started in all the hospitals.”

Idzes Kundan, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, said, “The security guards will check all the entry points in the hospitals and they will also monitor the ssensitive area like ICU, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and operation theatres (OT).” “Only two relatives with a patient will be allowed and the Out Patient Departments (OPDs) in all the civic hospitals will be demarcated. The security guard provided by the civic body will be deployed inside the hospital for monitoring the internal issues,” added Kundan. As per the new rule, no person without a valid pass will be admitted inside the OPD.

Sagar Mundada, president of Indian Medical Association (IMA) said, “We are happy that the state government has deployed the security forces to the hospitals which will reduced the incident taking place in the hospital. We also hope this security forces are permanent not like transit.”

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